Women In Music Bibliography

compiled and updated by Kristan Aspen and Janna MacAuslan (1997)


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Ammer, Christine. Unsung: A History of Women in American Music. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1960.


Block, Adrienne F. and Carol Neuls-Bates, editors. Women in American Music: A Bibliography of Music and Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1979.π


Boenke, H. Alais. A Cata1og of F1ute Compositions by Women. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989.


Bowers, Jane, and  Judith Tick, editors. Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1986.


Briscoe, James R., editor.  Historical Anthology of Music by Women.  Bloomington and Indianapolis:  Indiana University Press, 1987.


Citron, Marcia.  Gender and the Musical Canon.  NY: Cambridge University Press, 1983.


Cohen, Aaron I. International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, 2nd ed., 2 vols. New York: Books & Music, Inc., 1987.


Cook, Susan C. and Thomasin K. LaMay, editors. Virtuose in Italy. 1600-1640: A Reference Guide. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1984.


Dahl, Linda. Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazzwomen. New York: Pantheon Books, 1964.


Drinker, Sophie. Music and Women: the Study of Women in Their Relation to Music. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1948. (Reprint available—Washington, DC: Zenger Pub. Co., 1977.)


Ericson, Margaret, editor. "A Selective Bibliography on the collective subject of Women in Music."  Women and Music Roundtable of the Music Library Association:  Library Audio Center, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY 14850.

($4 covers copying costs.  For more info: 607-274-3882 or E-Mail:  [email protected])


Frasier, Jane. Women Composers. A Discography. Detroit: Information Coordinators, 1983.  (Detroit studies in music bibliography, 50.)


Green, Mildred Denby. Black Women Composers: A Genesis. Boston: Twayne, 1983.


Grice, Bonnie.  From Z to A, the Classical Music Lovers Alternative, An inclusive guide to the great composers and their  music.  (discography),  1994. (Available from B. Grice, KUSC Radio, PO Box 77913, Los Angeles, CA 90007).


Heinrich, Adel, compiler. Organ and Harpsichord Music by Women Composers: An Annotated Catalog.

Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1991.


Hixon, Donald L. and Don Hennessee. Women in Music: An Encyclopedic Bibliography, 2nd edition, 2 vols.Metuchen, NJ:  Scarecrow Press, 1993.


Jezic, Diane Peacock. Women Composers, The Lost Tradition Found.  New York, NY: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1988.


Johnson, Rose Marie. Violin Music by Women Composers: a Bio-bibliographical Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1989.


Koskoff, Ellen, editor.  Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1987.


LePage, Jane Weiner. Women Composers. Conductors, and Musicians of the Twentieth Century: Selected Biographies, 3 vols.  Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1980, 1983, 1988.


MacAuslan, Janna and Kristan Aspen, compilers. Guitar Music by Women Composers: An Annotated Catalog. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.


McClary, Susan.  Feminine Endings: Music, Gender, and Sexuality.  Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1991.


Meggett, Joan, compiler. Keyboard Music by Women Composers: A Catalog and Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1981.


Neuls-Bates, Carol. Women in Music: An Anthology of Source Readings from the Middle Ages to Present.  New York: Harper and Row, 1982.


Nichols, Janet.  Women Music Makers.  NY: Walker and Company, 1992. (for junior high readers)


Olivier, Antje, and Karin Weingartz-Perschel, editors.  Komponistinnen von A-Z: Eine Korrektur der traditionellen Musikgeschichtsschreibung.  First German language dictionary about women composers.  May be ordered from:  Frauenmusik-Vertrieb, Frobenstrasse 6, D-4000 Dusseldorf 30, Germany. (Tel: 0211/627821)


Pendle, Karin, editor.  Women & Music, A History.  Bloomington and Indianapolis:  Indiana University Press, 1991.


Placksin, Sally. American Women in Jazz. Nineteen Hundred to Present: Their Words. Lives, and Music. New York: Wideview Books, 1982.


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Samuel, Rhian, and Julie Anne Sadie.  The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers.  W.W. Norton, 1995.


Schlegel, Ellen Grolman.  Catalogue of Published Works for String Orchestra and Piano Trio by Twentieth Century American Women Composers.  Bessemer, AL:  Colonial Press, 1993.


Skowronski, JoAnn. Women in American Music: A Bibliography.  Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978.


Schleifer, Martha Furman, and Sylvia Glickman.  Women Composers:  Music Through the Ages.  Vol. I (before 1600), Vol. II (1600-1699),  G.K. Hall/Macmillan, 1995.


Stern, Susan. Women Composers: A Handbook. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1978.


Stewart-Green, Miriam. Women Composers: A Checklist for the Solo Voice. Boston: G.K. Hall. 1980.


Summerfield, Maurice J. The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution and Its Players Since 1800. Saltmeadows Road Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 3AJ, England: Ashley Mark Publishing Co., 1982.


Tick, Judith. Towards a History of American Women Composers before 1870. Ann Arbor: UNI Research Press, 1982.


Vander, Judith. Songprints: The Musical Experience of Five Shoshone Women. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1988.


Walker-Hill, Helen.  Piano Music by Black Women Composers:  A Catalog of Solo and Ensemble Works. Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1992.


Wood, Elizabeth, Philip Brett, and Gary Thomas, editors.  Queering the Pitch,  The new gay and lesbian musicology.   New York & London:  Routledge, 1994.


Zaimont, Judith, and Karen Famera, editors. Contemporary Concert Music by Women:  A Directory of the Composers and Their Works.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, l981.


Zaimont, Judith, et. al., editors. The Musical Woman, An International Perspective.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Vol. I, 1984, Vol. II, 1987, Vol. III, 1991.


Mail Order Recordings:

(Jazz, Folk, Pop, Classical Women's Music)
(Classical and Contemporary
Women Composers)
Ladyslipper Music, Inc.
P.O. Box 3124-R
Durham, NC 27715
Orders: (800) 634-6044 (M-F 9-6)
Leonarda Productions
P.O. Box 124
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10101
Cambria Records and Publishing
Box 374
Lomita, CA 90717
(213) 831-1322

Other Resources:

International Alliance of Women in Music (IAWM)
Kristine Burns, Membership Director
Dartmouth College, Dept. of Music
Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 632-5986, email: [email protected]
(1995 merger of International League of Women Composers,
American Women Composers, Inc.,  and International Congress on Women in Music)

New York Women Composers
114 Kelburne Ave
North Tarrytown, NY 10591

(914) 631-4361

(Catalog/Databank, over 1350 works) "Reports" may be requested for a particular instrument or for works by specific composers.

Chrommatica, USA
(Books, Tapes , Music by Women Composers)
2443 Pickwick Rd.
Dickeyville, MD 21207

(301) 448-3334

Bellerophon Books
(Publishes a women composers coloring book  with biographic information.)
36 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Women of Note Quarterly
(Magazine of Historical/Contemporary Women Composers)
N.W. 310 Wawawai Rd.
Pullman, WA 99163
(509) 334-4600
Aristoplay, Ltd.
(Distributes a Women Composers biographical card game)
P.O. Box 7645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107

Music Publishers and Retailers of Music by Women Composers:

Arsis Press, 170 N.E. 33rd St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334. (202) 544-4817 

Broude Brothers, Nine Centuries of Music by Women Series. Carol Nancy, editor.  New York, NY

Da Capo Press, Women Composers Series, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013

Theodore Presser Company, Selected Works of Women Composers, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Alfred Publishing Company, At the Piano Series, 1990.  Maurice Hinson, editor.  Van Nuys, CA

Theodore Front Musical Literature, 16122 Cohasset St., Van Nuys, CA 91406, (818) 994-1902


Women's Orchestras:

The Women Composers Orchestra, c/o Betty Scott, 6000 Roland Ave., Baltimore, MD 21210, (410) 323-3626

The Women's Philharmonic, 330 Townsend St., Suite 218, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 543-2297


Special Library Collections:

International Female Composers' Library, Nicolaistrasse 2, D-4750 Unna/Westfalen, Germany, Tel: 0 2303/23111

International Institute for the Study of Women in Music, California State Univ. at Northridge, Los Angeles, CA

National Women Composers Resource Center, 330 Townsend St., Suite 218, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 543-2297